Starring: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright
Director: Camille Delamarre
Duration: 96 minutes
Now showing at: Cinema Magic, Metroplex Mall Naalya and Century Cinemax, Acacia Mall Kisementi
To be fair to Transporter Refueled, let me start with a disclaimer. When I heard that there was another Transporter movie coming out, I cringed. Not because of Transporter itself but because it seems movie makers are running out of ideas and therefore taking the road already taken. There have been too many sequels and remakes this year! The danger of this is that movies are easily judged against their predecessors when it comes to the plot, acting, direction and cinematography.
The plot in Transporter Refueled follows Frank Martin (Skrein), who is a former Special Ops guy now in the transport business. His is not your ordinary transport business though. He transports “delicate” packages for not-so-good people. His latest package is Anna (Chabanol) and her look-alike friends who it turns out are using him to rob a bank. And that is not the worst of his troubles. Anna has a bone to pick with some dangerous Russian dude and puts Frank right in the middle of it and even endangering Frank’s dad’s life in the mix. That’s the movie in short, with car chases here and there.
The movie is therefore watchable since it has a decent plot, nothing award-winning or hair-raising, but decent. There is also that scene where the special effects guys knocked themselves out with the car – that scene will definitely make car fans happy. Also Skrein, while he is no Jason Statham, scores some points in the keeping aloof department. Even when guys are trying to kill him and his father, he tries to keep his “I am a killing machine” face on.
However, we do not feel the refueled which the movie’s title mentions. It is more like they siphoned fuel from the previous movies and sadly mixed it with low grade fuel. There was a lot going on in some places, and little in others that you will be left wondering at the point of some – look at some fight scenes for reference.